The Hungry Monk: Skip breakfast before you have lunch here
Update February 2010:
Barbara (VT name Ranger49) informed me that this place has been an antique shop, a tea shop and a delicatessen in the meantime, and is now a used book shop. This sounds just as inviting to me as the Hungry Monk was, I just hope I can come back some time to browse through the books.
After showing me St Mary's Priory Church Anne took me to her favourite café in Abergavenny, the Hungry Monk. It's right opposite of the church, so the hungry monks didn't have to walk very far. It's a very nice place, not too big.
As I had had a full Welsh breakfast in my hotel I wasn't too hungry, so I just ordered a shrimp salad. I thought I could always eat a small bowl of salad. Well, when it turned out to be a huge plate , full of a very delicious shrimp salad. Very ,very good, and I was really sorry I wasn't able to finish it.
VT member akward informed that this very nice café has been turned into an antique store now. She says on market days a lunch is served in the Priory Rooms of the St Mary's Church, but no longer in the Hungry Monk. Too bad, I had really liked it.
The Skirrid Mountain Inn: Historic Inn
The Skirrid is located just a short drive away from Abergavenny just outside Llanvihangel Crucorney. It is reputed to be the Oldest Inn in Wales and also one of the most haunted. In days gone by it was used as a court room with many a felon being hanged there for their crimes. Apparently you can still see grooves in a beam above the stairs where many met their fate.
The Skirrid Inn was not open when we were passing but I don't think it will be long before we go back and hopefull sample some of the home cooking.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Historical Travel
The Kings Arms: Lovely Old Inn
The Kings Arms is a fantastic late 16th Century coaching inn, It is situated next to were the towns West Gate would have been.
In 1645, King Charles I on his retreat after the defeat at Naseby stayed at the Kings Arms and once again much later. The kings coat of arms can be seen at the front ot the Inn. This was commissioned during the 19th Century to comemorate the Kings stay.
They have a lovely looking restaurant and also have rooms to stay in.
we only called in for a drink but i would love to go again for a meal or maybe if i am really lucky to stay. It has a really nice interior which really shows the buildings age, low ceilings and bent walls, Just my kind of place.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Historical Travel
The Tithe Barn Food Hall: Good food in an old Barn
The restaurant in the restored Tithe Barn serves meals from 10am to 5pm but also caters for evening functions by arrangement. Sunday lunches are very popular and best booked in advance.
The food served is mainly locally sourced and, as far as possible, Fair Trade produce is used. We have not tried the breakfasts but have enjoyed lunch time meals selected from a wide variety of sandwiches, salads , pasta dishes and traditional dishes like Welsh Cawl - a lamb stew with root vegetables and herbs ,served with fresh bread - delicious at £5.95.
Vegetarians are well catered for and for the sweet toothed there are always tempting cakes and deserts.
Hot and cold drinks are available all day. With our cawl today we shared a bottle of local cider with the interesting name "Dragon's Breath" -as translated from Welsh !
The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Definitely worth calling in iwhen you are in Abergavenny.
The Trading Post: A Modern take on an old style coffee house.
This popular Coffee House and Bistro Restaurant is housed in a fine old building that dates from about 1600. Originally only two storeys and of timber construction it was the Town House of the Vaughan family of Tretower Court and Castle - (currently closed for extensive works and further historical investigation;reopening Spring 2010)
For anyone interested in 17thC poetry Henry Vaughan belonged to this family -
(“I saw Eternity the other night, Like a great Ring of pure and endless light…”) Poet
From 1780 - 1860 the family residence became the Cow Inn, with an additional storey and the distictive horned cow-heads above. The ornate and colourful carvings on window sills, lintels and the crest of the Vaughan family remain.
Today you will find here something of the comfort and atmosphere of a traditional coffee house where a wide variety of coffees can be enjoyed over the daily newspaper or a magazine, filling snacks, delicious cakes and pastries - or a full meal all prepared and cooked to order.
The Crown - at Pantygelli: Beautiful Location, Great Food.
We are very fortunate to have both in Abergavenny and within in a couple of miles of the town centre many excellent eating places including prize winning chefs, and Michelin starred restaurants.
But this one is Abergavenny's secret and our favourite, the one we return to again and again.
Forget any idea of greasy, mass produced "pub grub".
This historic country Inn under the direction of its present owners and their young chef, has over the last 3 or 4 years turned into one of the best eating places around Abergavenny.
In summer sit outside and gaze at the lovely views of the Skirrid and the Sugar Loaf.
In winter watch the flames in the warming open log fire and enjoy an up to date version of a real inn. Popular with locals for a pint, walkers for refreshments and with people from near and far who go for the warm welcome, the ambience and the FOOD.
As far as possible fresh, locally sourced produce is a feature of all dishes served. Old favourites like Steak & Ale Pie can be a treat, and more unusual dishes like rump of welsh lamb with an unusual acompaniment of a (warm) salad composed of asparagus, baby plum tomatoes, finally sliced red onions drizzled with balsamic jus and rosemary potatoes. Salads and garnishes always contain "different" ingredients and a home made dressing.
Occasional special local fund raising evenings are held - like summer Barbecues with live Jazz..
For pictures, details of how to get there and more information please see the website.
Favorite Dish: I have never had a disappointng dish there.
Choose from Classic traditional dishes or modern eclectic - with several veggie options and prices to suit all purses - including Half Crown portions for smaller appetites.
Suitable for small family parties ( maybe up to a dozen in a side room which is not closed off from the overall atmosphere of the pub's restaurant) .
A tradional Sunday lunch with Veggie options is served and deserts are both a work of art to admire - and delicious to eat!
Pictures 2 and 3 show Gary Nugent the talented young chef demonstrating his skills at the Abergavenny Food Festival September 2009.